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OK, where do I start? Oh....obviously The lyrics, god...the lyrics!
Little Stacy Q/When she doesn't have anything to do/She comes to my house/She takes off her clothes/She likes to tell this boy what to do/Pledges her allegiance to the United States of ME
Milkshake, milkshake/I love to see you sweat/
Sing me a song/Bang me like the girls in Hong Kong/politics is so much better when there's sex
girl, well you're lookin' like somethin I won/and your little Asian friend/she can come if she wants
I want miss little smart girl with your glasses and all your books/and I want the stupid girl that gives me all those dirty looks/(she says) wind you up and make you crawl to me/tie you up until you call to me
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I've been around way too long (I heard Not Fade Away the 1st time AM radio played it) but the list of bands that absolutely nailed me first time out is short.....Louis XIV/Convoy is now one of less than 10. These guys will rank with the Kinks, Marc Bolan/T.Rex, & White Stripes. (How come nobody thinks the "Pledge" sounds like Adam Ant anyway? - surely he isn't completely forgotten!).Read more ›
The first eight songs troll through a garagey, Brit-poppy aesthetic, as has now been mentioned a million and one times when describing this album, and every step along the way is catchy as hell. But I contend this is more of concept album than people realize.
While the cheap come-on lines are sure to offend feminists and prudes, the final couplet of All the Little Pieces and Ball of Twine go in a completely different direction from the first eight tracks, the former substituting the trashy guitars (which come to the fore on True Love, God Killed the Queen and Illegal Tender) for symphonic sweeps and the latter adding plaintive acoustic guitar that morphs into the string melody that opens the album.
Not that the lyrics carry the weight of Pink Floyd or Bright Eyes, but Louis XIV through to Hey Teacher seem to be about an undersexed guy fresh off a breakup looking to plug whatever holes are out there. Our hero has his fun with vanilla friends, illegal tenders, kinky seductresses and sultry schoolteachers, but the delicate focus found on All the Little Pieces and Ball of Twine seemingly indicate that kind of fun only lasts so long and that our narrator would like nothing more than to retreat to the life he left behind.
Of course, I could be wrong, and the storyline on this album isn't the point. The point is every track, whether it be one of the hang-out-with-the-wang-out rockers or one of the gentler interludes, is purely fantastic. I'm still taking this one off the shelf on a semi-weekly basis because it's that good.
But Holy S, these guys are AWESOME.
Clearly, the first piece of Louis XIV that you notice is the lyrics; overtly sexual, dirty, and over the top. Fortunately, I happen to like that sort of thing, even though most of my fellow Americans have connived to create the most puritanical society in the world outside of the Muslim countries. So to me, the lyrics aren't just the words, it's the attitude; and the attitude is one which has been missing from American music since the fall of heavy metal.
See, music is supposed to be sexy; maybe these guys overdo it by throwing subtlety out the window, but everyone else has been so afraid to be sexy that perhaps Louis XIV is making up for some seriously lost time. The Killers and Franz Ferdinand are great bands, but they don't ooze the energy we used to feel when Skid Row or Motley Crue (when they were younger) would go on tour. Louis XIV brings it back - in spades.
But that's not all there is to it; the music rocks! And it's not linear or monophonic in any way. In "Dominique" and "All The Little Pieces" and "Louis XIV", you have three completely distinct types of songs, all fantastic, all totally different. I have more than once caught myself singing "Well there's a house on the block that's empty now that Dominique's gone" in the middle of a bar because I just can't get the song out of my head. Catchy to the extreme, dirty to the core, and more importantly, it just plain rocks.
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I used to listen to the "garage bands" channel on VH1 radio, and their song "Finding Out True Love Is Blind" stayed with me for years. Read morePublished on December 2, 2013 by Marc Rosenthal
This is true Rock and Roll! Perhaps no drugs but that's a good thing. The lyrics are bloated with sex; to the point where the band comes off as sexist but their intentions are... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by Ryan
Awesome band. Every song on the cd is great. its been nearly 10 years since i last purchased a cd and i broke that streak for this one.Published on January 29, 2011 by Amazon Customer
A great album. These guys have done their homework - if you like rock music then add this album to your collection.Published on October 16, 2009 by Temboss
This album is absolutely infectious, extremely british, and really enjoyable...the first few listens. Read morePublished on January 14, 2008 by Brittany Rose
God bless you, Louis XIV, for this sublime rock and roll record. I love your electric guitars!Published on January 12, 2008 by Casey F.
Louis is the best little secret out there in the rock world. I pretty much agree with all the above reviews. It was the funnest CD since Eagles of Death Metal's Death by Sexy. Read morePublished on December 29, 2007 by Armando Perez
The members of Louis XIV are either over- or undersexed. It's not so easy to tell which one. Much has been made about their lyrical content (yes, folks, pretty much every line is... Read morePublished on March 27, 2007 by Mark Eremite
I searched far and wide for this album and am not sure why. They have a couple of good songs but something is just a little off...Published on February 6, 2007 by GDave6784